A fawning media continues to call any doubts or counter charges against proposed changes as "myths" that "distort" the "planned changes." When problems are acknowledged, the administration contends and the media accepts that the president hasn't really presented "his plan" yet.
Alessandra Stanley, reporting for the New York Times on President Obama's Sunday talk show grand slam with same-day interviews on CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS and Univision, commented on his "remarkably overt display of media management." On talk shows that are known for their challenging questions, Stanley observed, "No one shifted an armchair, moved a flower arrangement or asked an unexpected question." Media management is not what America needs.
Even Stanley observed, "For so well-spoken and confident a president, the lack of spontaneity on Sunday was striking. . Viewers have grown accustomed to the drama of live politics. Sunday looked more like a string of TNT reruns, an Obama health care overhaul marathon."
When critics talk about the cost for such entitlements and warn of higher taxes and a ballooning deficit, the president just keeps saying, "I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits." Now, Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee have rejected a GOP amendment that would have required that the final health overhaul bill and a plain-English cost estimate be available online for 72 hours before any vote. Mr. President, a short summary isn't enough! Since a biased media isn't asking, we've got questions. Do you have answers? * Will you promise to make the "final" healthcare bill and the CBO cost estimate available online for at least 72 hours before you sign it?
* What is your plan to pay for the increased cost of healthcare coverage for 46 million people?
* How can you justify putting more tax burdens on the top one percent of income earners when those 1.4 million taxpayers already pay more than that of the bottom 134 million combined?
* Can you name any government entitlement program whose cost has been less than the CBO estimated?